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Ambush Valley


Published 1936
Topics western


A murder and subsequent jailbreak create a tense hostage situation.

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.


Run time 57:00
Producer Bernard B. Ray
Production Company Reliable Pictures Corporation
Audio/Visual sound, b&w

Credits

Bob Custer .... Marshal Bruce Manning
Victoria Vinton .... Ann Morgan
Vane Calvert .... Mrs. Potter
Eddie Phillips .... Clay Morgan
Wally Wales .... Joel Potter
Oscar Gahan .... Nester Diggs
Ed Cassidy .... Nester
Victor Adamson .... Henchman Hank (as Denver Dixon)
Wally West .... Nester
Jimmy Aubrey .... Murdered Nester (as Jack Anderson)
Jack Gilman .... Murdered Nester's Son
Oklahoma Rangers .... Musicians

Reviews

Reviewer: Therby - - January 21, 2006
Subject: Low Quality
Sometimes an actor will be looking in the wrong place or have to step into the scene as on stage. I felt no emotion from anyone except ma'. It's pretty chopped up too. The story isn't done that well either.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - January 10, 2006
Subject: The Wild Wezzzzzztt..
DREADFUL western here. LetÂs see.. We have a laughably dressed hero, played by Bob Custer. He is trying to keep the land owners from rustling even more land from the people who want to settle! But soon, it becomes personal, when people are winding up dead. He arrests one of the killers, who happens to be the chief land rustlerÂs son! So tension is increased, and even more so when the land rustlerÂs daughter is kidnapped!
Anyways, all of this as I type this SOUNDS exciting, but believe you me, how this is presented is dull dull dull. The head protagonist for the first half of the picture is a real pussy making it hard to believe that he is a bad guy. WhatÂs more, when Custer arrests him, he lets him ride his own horse, and doesnÂt bother restraining him at all, making this rather implausible as it already is. DonÂt bother.
Reviewer: Bangkok Ajarn - - July 20, 2004
Subject: Corny, campy but kind of fun
I was extremely impressed with Hans Wollstein's review and can't even come close to providing that type of detailed information. I would love to see more reviews like that from experts. His review made watching the film more enjoyable. In my unprofessional opinion the movie is a low-budget, corny, campy western with a plot that isn't very well developed, mediocre acting, poor editing and sloppy photography. I kind of liked it. At 47 minutes or so it makes for a nice light-hearted drama where the good guys wear white hats and the bad guys (except one member of the gang) wear black hats that doesn't drag on for too long. It won't appeal to everyone, but if you like old B-movie westerns, take a look.
Reviewer: Hans Wollstein - - April 17, 2004
Subject: A Reliable Picture!
You get two former silent screen stars for the price of one with this ultra low-budget Reliable Western (three if you count that Jack-of-all-trades Denver Dixon, whose name is misspelled ÃÂDicksonàin the credits). But while Wally Wales, here playing a beleaguered nester, went on to become a busy character player under the name of Hal Taliaferro, the overly stoic Bob Custer failed to appeal to sound audiences and his three Reliable Westerns proved the end of a starring career begun back in 1924. Custer is his wooden cigar store Indian self in Ambush Valley but is of course given less than stellar material by director Franklyn Shamray, who is actually producer Bernard B. Ray in disguise. That Ambush Valley remains as entertaining as it is depends solely on the supporting cast, especially mustachioed Eddie Phillips as one of those wastrel sons endemic to oaters like this, and Vane Calvert as the redoubtable Mr. Wales' vengeful maw. Founded in 1934 by movie pioneers Bernard B. Ray and Harry S. Webb, small-scale Reliable Pictures Corp. issued a total of 45 films during its 3ý-year existence, including five 2-reel ÃÂBudÃÂn BenàWesterns. The studio was located at Sunset Blvd. and Beachwood Dr. in Hollywood and later became home to the Three Stooges and the Columbia short subject department. It remains a rental facility to this day.
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